The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation

New Frontiers in Africa

  • Verena Bitzer
  • Ralph Hamann
  • Martin Hall
  • Eliada Wosu Griffin-EL

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Verena Bitzer, Ralph Hamann
      Pages 3-24
  3. An Entrepreneurial Lens to Social Innovation

  4. Strategies for Incumbent Businesses to Engage in Social Innovation and BoP Markets

  5. Cross-Sector Collaboration and Social Innovation

  6. Social Innovation and the Role of Higher Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 199-199
    2. Warren Nilsson, Francois Bonnici, Eliada Wosu Griffin-EL
      Pages 201-212
  7. Petra Kuenkel, Andrew Aitken
    Pages E1-E1
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 233-235

About this book


In the face of limited progress toward addressing poverty and resource degradation, increasing attention has been paid to harnessing the entrepreneurial, innovative, managerial and financial capacities of business for improved social and environmental outcomes. A more proactive role for business in sustainable development is especially pertinent in sub-Saharan Africa, which has been plagued by conflict and poverty but shows signs of a brighter future as the world’s second-fastest-growing region.

This book contributes to the growing body of scholarly work on social and environmental innovation with the two-fold aim of studying the role of business in creating such innovation and focusing the analysis to the African context. To cover the various terrains of social and environmental innovation, this book contains novel empirical cases looking at social or environmental enterprises, social intrapreneurship and innovation in incumbent businesses, and social innovation through cross-sector collaboration. The final part of the book focuses on the implications for academics, exploring the role of universities and business schools in social innovation.


Cross-sector collaboration Social innovation and enterprises Sub-Saharan Africa Sustainable business models Teaching and education

Editors and affiliations

  • Verena Bitzer
    • 1
  • Ralph Hamann
    • 2
  • Martin Hall
    • 3
  • Eliada Wosu Griffin-EL
    • 4
  1. 1.Graduate School of Business University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Graduate School of Business University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  3. 3.Graduate School of Business University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa
  4. 4.Graduate School of Business University of Cape TownCape TownSouth Africa

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Business and Economics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-04050-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-04051-6
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